The Sunnyside Christian High School baseball team finally broke into the win column in Greater Columbia 'B' League play. The Knights did it by playing good old fashion baseball, mixing in some solid pitching with fundamental defense.
The Knights rebounded from a lopsided 18-4 loss to visiting Lyle this past Friday to take the nightcap 8-1.
Lyle is also fielding players from Klickitat High School. The Vandals and the Cougars joined teams after Klickitat was unable to field a full squad this season.
The win will give Sunnyside Christian (1-7, 3-11) some momentum heading into this Saturday's twin bill at Mabton.
John Bosma's pitching was the story of the nightcap for the Knights.
Bosma tossed four strong innings, giving up five hits and just one earned run. Bosma had four strikeouts and allowed three walks. Bosma needed just 74 pitches to get through five innings.
"John was throwing strikes," said Sunnyside Christian Coach Jeff Bosma. "When you throw strikes it is easier for the defense."
Sunnyside Christian's defense must have liked what Bosma was doing on the mound, as the Knights played perfect in the field.
Chad Den Boer finished the game off, giving up just one hit in the last two innings of play.
What also worked for Sunnyside Christian in the nightcap of Friday's game was that the Knights were able to jump on Lyle early, plating four runs in the bottom of the first.
Jake Bosma had an RBI single in the first inning, scoring Matt Haak. Also scoring for the Knights were Den Boer, Aaron Van de Graaf and Jake Bosma.
Van de Graaf had a nice game in the nightcap, going 2-for-3 with three stolen bases and an RBI.
Lyle had four errors in the second game.
"Those errors really hurt them," said Bosma.
Bosma also had a lot of praise for the efforts of his infield, which he said did a great job of fielding pop-ups and ground balls.
The opener didn't go as well for the Knights, as the game got away from Sunnyside Christian in the fourth inning. Lyle plated 13 runs in the fourth.
Bosma said a number of his team's seven errors came into play. Bosma said Lyle also had eight hits in the fourth inning.
Bosma said it was his team's mistakes in the game that cost Sunnyside Christian.
"We walked a bunch of people and the seven errors didn't help," said Bosma.
The big inning for the Knights was a two-run third, which saw Van de Graaf and Haak score.
Lyle had 13 hits in the opening game.
1 2 3 4 5 T H E
Lyle 0 2 3 13 0 18 13 0
SCHS 1 0 2 0 1 4 5 7
Hitting-Jake Bosma, Derek Van de Graaf and Aaron Van de Graaf were all 1-for-2. Matt Haak and Cole Van de Graaf were both 1-for-3.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 T H E
Lyle 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 6 4
SCHS 4 0 0 3 1 0 x 8 5 0
Pitching-John Bosma four strikeouts, five hits, three walks in five innings. Chad Den Boer one hit in two innings.
Hitting-Aaron Van de Graaf 2-for-3 with three stolen bases. Chad Den Boer 1-for-3. Jake Bosma 1-for-3. Matt Haak 1-for-4 with a double in the fourth inning.